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A photograph (RCR-01) has been dispatched to nika (Labourers and slum dwellers staging dharana in Raichur on Monday)
A photograph (RCR-01) has been dispatched to nika (Labourers and slum dwellers staging dharana in Raichur on Monday)

Staff Correspondent

`Set right anomalies in distribution of ration cards to BPL families'

Raichur: Members of the Akhila Bharata Praja Horata Vedike, the Karnataka Rajya Parishramika and Samanya Karmikara Sangha and the district unit of the CPI (ML) launched an indefinite dharna here on Monday demanding that the Government withdraw its proposal to establish special economic zones (SEZs) and improve the economic condition of BPL groups and industrial and agricultural labourers.

Nearly 50 women activists, including few agricultural labourers, staged a dharna in a tent erected in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office. They decided to continue their `day-time' dharna for an indefinite period until the Government initiates action to meet their demands.

V.H. Master, president of the vedike who led the dharna, said that the wrong policies adopted by the Government had affected the interests of the poor, the labour class and agricultural labourers. It had failed to provide ration cards to BPL families and allocate Ashraya houses to those living in slums, he said.

The Government had failed to allocate land to landless Dalits in the district. Instead, it had acquired land from poor farmers for establishing SEZs. Even the district administration had made lapses in implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), forcing agricultural labourers to migrate towards cities in search of jobs, he said.

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